To remain in peak physical condition, every F1 driver has a tough physical training regime. Diet, too, plays an important part in the driver’s fitness. They even train their brains, with cerebral workouts that enable them to stay focused and composed during races. Dedicated team doctors and physiotherapists take care of the driver’s physical and mental well-being.I didn’t have any physiotherapist in my non-existent F1 team, so I went for the next best thing – tui na in Chinatown, followed by a full body massage and a spot of acupuncture.
As for the mental exercise that would help me concentrate during my F1 drive in Le Castellet, I opted for a few rounds of Sudoku and Rubik’s Cube. I also played Mastermind and Monopoly with a few friends.
I followed my own special F1 diet. I survived on plain bread, plain pasta and plain water, but I occasionally rewarded myself with chicken rice, without the chicken. I also snacked on tasteless energy bars and drank a variety of fruit juices full of vitamins A, B, C, D, E and F1.
With my palate numbed, I completed the last phase of my local training, which was to drive the Renault Clio R27. Its race-tuned 2-litre engine, sporty suspension, Brembo brakes and F1-inspired aero kit made the R27 a far better warm-up for this F1 L-plater than any driving simulator.
The French hot hatch was good practice before I went to pilot the real deal in Le Castellet, even though it was like taking an Airbus before testing a Concorde.